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Soccer

DKCU to hold virtual match fundraiser on June 6

Sycamore native Chad Newquist hugs his dad Howard after scoring the game-winning goal in DeKalb County United's 1-0 win over Union Dubuque Sunday at Northern Illinois University.
Sycamore native Chad Newquist hugs his dad Howard after scoring the game-winning goal in DeKalb County United's 1-0 win over Union Dubuque Sunday at Northern Illinois University.

Since a real match is impossible during the novel coronavirus pandemic, DeKalb County United is holding a virtual match against COVID-19.

On June 6, the semipro soccer team will host an online event to raise money for local businesses in charities. Tickets go on sale Saturdays and businesses can still sign up until then on the team's website.

A full video of the interview with Hall is available on daily-chronicle.com.

Hall said the virtual match is the same day as the team's original game against rival Union Dubuque was scheduled to be played. The Midwest Premier League had to cancel its season this year.

"If we can bring everybody together through this virtual event hopefully we can help a whole lot of businesses," Hall said. "Even if it just a little bit hopefully we can come together and help these businesses that need our help certainly more than a soccer club."

Hall said the goal was to break the team's attendance record of 523.

Tickets start at $10 and range up to $100 and are available at the team's website. They'll include a drawing to win merchandise and all the virtual tickets will become real tickets in 2021, Hall said.

"We're not playing a game, we're obviously not putting a team on the field," Hall said. "We have some content on gameday we're going to put out. The first step is to get businesses to sign up. ... The individuals can go online Saturday to buy tickets to this match and select a business and half their proceeds from the ticked will go directly to the business."

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